Everyone deserves to feel comfortable in their workplace. While many occupations are becoming more co-ed and are embracing equal opportunity, sexual harassment in the workplace has been on the rise. Sexual Harassment can happen in many different forms (physical, verbal, or visual), and all forms of harassment deserve to be taken seriously. Fortunately, state and federal law is on your side- and so are we.
Regardless of what your employer believes is harassment, the Oklahoma law clearly defines sexual harassment as any “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature” that creates an “intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.” The most common types of sexual harassment are verbal, physical, or visual sexual harassment, including the harassment of opposite genders or same sex. Employers can often attempt to create and intimidating and hostile work environment that can affect your pay and hours. Don’t let unfair treatment negatively affect your life.
By federal law, according to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, and pregnancy is illegal. Federal law states that claims must be made within 300 days after the harassment occurred. Your employer may not be on your side, but the law is.
While the span of what sexual harassment includes is impossible to list, some of the most common examples are:
- Degrading or graphic comments referring to an individual and/or their appearance;
- Unwelcome advances of the sexual nature;
- Flirting, or sexual propositions;
- Allowing the denial sexual favors to interfere with the amount of work the employee is given;
- Displaying suggestive or sexual pictures or objects;
- Unwanted physical contact;
- Creating a hostile work environment.
If you have been a victim of sexual harassment, do not let your employer’s intimidation and illegal actions keep you from your right to work in a friendly work environment. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to know more about cLue Law’s past success in sexual harassment cases, please contact us.